Department of Social Work

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Bachelor of Social Work

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Master of Social Work

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Welcome to the Department of Social Work!

Why University of Minnesota Duluth Social Work Program?

The University of Minnesota Duluth Social Work Program will provide you with the essential skills and knowledge you need to work in the field of social work, while offering opportunities for personal growth and development. Our generalist (BSW) and advanced generalist (MSW) programs are designed to prepare you for social work practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities, while equipping you with a broad base of skills that prepare students for social work practice in a range of practice settings. With a focus on culturally responsive practice, social justice and working with American Indian communities, the UMD Social Work Program provides you a unique education and prepares students to work in a challenging and diverse field where they can make a difference in people's lives. The University of Minnesota Duluth Social Work is one of the few programs in the nation that requires coursework on social work practice with American Indians. Both programs are fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Our alumni are community leaders, therapists, administrators, child welfare practitioners and policy advocates. Approximately 60% of our MSW students receive scholarships to help pay for their education.

We offer a dedicated faculty and smaller program size

Our outstanding, dynamic and dedicated faculty are involved in scholarly pursuits, practice and community service and are committed to student centered learning and student success. Faculty have designed programs that support the working professional. Our smaller class sizes allow students to work closely with faculty and take advantage of leadership and research opportunities unique to the student's interests.

We provide opportunities for students interested in Child Welfare, and Child Welfare with American Indian families

The Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies (link to center page)) within the Department of Social Work offers Child Welfare Stipends to BSW and MSW students committed to working in the field of child welfare. Our Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies provides exceptional leadership and ground-breaking research to improve American Indian child welfare practice. We also offer stipends to Master's level students in an American Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) program that prepares students for leadership in tribal child welfare. Faculty, staff and students within the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies also work directly in partnership with tribal communities in Northern Minnesota.

We provide opportunities for students interested in Clinical Social Work

Our MSW program has clinical scholarships for practice in the field of mental health and offers coursework in the MSW program that can be used to meet the educational requirements for becoming a clinical social worker in Minnesota and many other states.

We are part of a larger Community

The University of Minnesota Duluth overlooks Lake Superior, the largest freshwater lake in the world. Voted the "Best Outdoor Town in America" in 2014 by Outdoor Magazine, Duluth is the gateway to the north woods in an urban area of 86,000 people, with excellent recreational and cultural activities.